Several NBA players have demanded that the fight for equality, against social injustice, police brutality and racism must be a key element when the NBA and WNBA women's series starts again in late July.
Some have not wanted to go back to games at all, such as Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, who eventually chose to do so.
- It's a lousy time. But 2020 has been for us. We all know the right thing is not to play, to make a mark. Morally, it seems reasonable. But life goes on. We are all young, black guys. None of us want to repay any money, he says, according to ESPN, and also justifies his decision that the fight is long-term.Text on the linen
One thing that can make VanVleet and other players 'decision to stand on the pitch easier again is an agreement between the players' union NBAPA and the league.
NBAPA chairman Chris Paul said this weekend that the league and the union are cooperating, among other things, that players should have texts other than their names on the linen.
- We are just trying to continue to elucidate the various problems of social injustice that guys around our league continue to talk about day in and day out. People say no one will think of social injustice in Orlando. With these linen, it won't go away, Paul told ESPN.
For example, on the basketball liners it can say "Black lives matter" or "I can't breathe", or have names like George Floyd or Breonna Taylor, who were killed by police in connection with the intervention.
-I think it's cool. Something we've talked about at some of our meetings is how we get some of our "propaganda", so to speak, to be seen, because the only way this will appear is on TV, says VanVleet, who has not yet has decided what message he wants.Raised their voices
About three-quarters of NBA players are black, and many have raised their voices in connection with the massive protests in the United States following Floyd's death.
In addition to the jerseys, the text "Black lives matter" will be written at the sidelines of all three Florida arenas to be used when the NBA resumes, according to sources. The WNBA also has similar plans, cites the same sources.
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